Sunday, January 5, 2014
The New Eastman Ballfields - The Impact on Riverview And a Major-League Relocation, Part 1
Eastman Chemical Company, who moved its corporate headquarters to the Riverview Community years ago, is now launching a new corporate business center right across the street from those offices, with Riverview being the closest neighborhood nearby.
The new center on South Wilcox Drive is called Project Inspire, and will create 300 new jobs over the next seven years, as part of a $1.6 billion dollar investment to keep Eastman's corporate headquarters in the city where the company began 93 years ago.
Eastman President and CEO Jim Rogers says the new office building will complement the current headquarters and the Toy Reid Eastman Employee Center right across the street.
Before and after pictures below.. at left is empty baseball field; at right, full profile of Project Inspire building as it will sit in the same photograph, with pedestrian bridge over Wilcox Drive on right
As mentioned, the Project Inspire building will require all of Eastman's current ballfields to move to a new area, and as it turns out.. that new area was no secret to company planners, city planners and new partner Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department.